3S Artspace founders John Gayle and Chris Greiner have a combined work experience of over 35 years in the creative and nonprofit sectors. They have a passion for and knowledge of contemporary arts and culture, and are dedicated to building community through the arts. Their varied experiences and unique skill sets make them a particularly qualified team to lead the organization.
John brings with him more than 20 years experience in various creative fields. Since 1999, he has successfully run his own web, print, video and interactive design company. He has worked extensively in eLearning, for clients such as Harvard Business School, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic and Heinemann. He has also developed numerous print and new media projects in other markets for New Balance, Madison Square Garden, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Campbell’s Soup, and Champion Sportswear. Additionally, he has partnered in a start-up educational video production company, taught college courses on design, worked in film production, and as an audio engineer, and as a graphic artist. John has a BFA from the University of New Hampshire, and Master’s degree in Fine Art from Maine College of Art, with an extensive show history, both as an artist and curator.
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Music from New York University, Chris spent two years working at the renowned alternative music venue in New York City, The Knitting Factory where he assisted in the marketing and production of their Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, in addition to serving as a staff writer and researcher for Jazze.com. After moving to the Seacoast in 2001, Chris worked for over nine years at The Music Hall, most recently as the Box Office Manager and the associate curator of the monthly arts series “Scene@5.” Throughout this time, Chris has been a passionate and active member of the Seacoast’s arts and cultural community. Since 2005, he has served on the City of Portsmouth’s Cultural Commission, Art-Speak, twice co-producing their Overnight Art exhibition. He has been an active musician (performing regularly, as well as recording and producing a handful of albums), a producer of live music events, and a freelance music writer. In 2005, he co-founded the RPM Challenge, an annual creative challenge to musicians around the world to write and record an album in a month.